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Overall
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Memphis Street Academy Charter School
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Math
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Science
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School Incidents
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Reading
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Attendance
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College Bound
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High Academic Growth
High Academic Growth
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School Details

  • School TypePublic Charter Neighborhood
  • Grade Levels5-8
  • Waiting List Size
  • Enrollment851
  • PrincipalMrs. Shavonne McMillan
  • Phone Number215-291-4709
  • SEPTA RoutesBus: 25, 54, 89
  • Address 2950 Memphis Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19134
  • NeighborhoodRichmond
  • TuitionNA
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Mission

Our mission is to maximize the academic potential of every child in a safe and personalized environment by providing scholars with an education that empowers them to become critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and responsible citizens.

Our mission is to maximize the academic potential of every child in a safe and personalized environment by providing scholars with an education that empowers them to become critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and responsible citizens.

Points of Pride

Memphis Street Academy (MSA) is a small middle school community serving approximately 876 Grades 5-8 scholars. Located in the heart of Kensington, MSA serves scholars from across Philadelphia, with a student and staff population that reflect the...

Memphis Street Academy (MSA) is a small middle school community serving approximately 876 Grades 5-8 scholars. Located in the heart of Kensington, MSA serves scholars from across Philadelphia, with a student and staff population that reflect the proud diversity of this great city. Memphis Street Academy Charter School is a Renaissance Charter School. Under the Renaissance initiative, the School District of Philadelphia turns a neighborhood school over to charter school operators who are responsible for creating a school turnaround. Memphis Street Academy, an American Paradigm School, began operations in 2012. Through its mission to enhance, support and promote students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills as they master state and national standards, MSA continues to become a turnaround success story as evidenced by the following data. Academic Achievement: MSA is a school that is experiencing dramatic academic growth. The school saw sharp gains in its most recent School Performance Profile (SPP), increasing its score to 53.2 from 39.1. Recent key data reveals the following areas of growth: • English Language Arts increased to 17 percent from 13 percent. • Percent of students scoring proficient or advanced in Mathematics doubled. • Seven out of nine instances, MSA met or exceeded the standard for academic growth for a three-year average. • 2017 PVAAS data indicates significant growth in all tested areas. All performing groups within these grades have met or exceeded the standard for PA Academic Growth. • The percentage of below basic students decreased from 82 percent to 78 percent in math and from 36 percent to 29 percent in ELA from 2016 to 2017. • In 2016 only 3 percent of our 5th grade students were proficient in ELA. In 2017, that same cohort of students moved to 13 percent proficiency.

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Admissions Policy

Memphis Street Academy Charter School at J.P. Jones is a tuition-free public school open to all children residing in the City of Philadelphia. The school does not require testing for admission purposes. The school does not discriminate on the basis...

Memphis Street Academy Charter School at J.P. Jones is a tuition-free public school open to all children residing in the City of Philadelphia. The school does not require testing for admission purposes. The school does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, or creed. In the event there are more applicants than spaces, a public lottery will be conducted to select students. Memphis Street Academy Charter School is accepting applications for grades Fifth through Eighth grade. Our charter with the School District requires that we provide admission preferences for students who reside in the attendance zones of the following schools: CATCHMENT AREA FOR FIFTH- EIGHTH GRADE: Richmond Elementary, Sheridan Elementary, Webster Elementary, Willard Elementary We are also accepting applications from those who live in the same above designated school areas who have attended a Parochial School, Charter School or Private School.

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Safety & Culture

Memphis Street Academy keeps its building open well beyond traditional school hours to enable our young learners and the community to take advantage of the many academic, recreational and cultural opportunities. The extended school day and year, and...

Memphis Street Academy keeps its building open well beyond traditional school hours to enable our young learners and the community to take advantage of the many academic, recreational and cultural opportunities. The extended school day and year, and involving the community through rich and substantive partnerships support student achievement and personal growth. Various initiatives have made MSA a powerful learning community, which include: • A total school turnaround process that drives MSA’s renewed focus on academic growth under a more aligned curriculum. • MSA’s own Safe Corridors program in which the entire school community supports scholars as they enter and exit the building. Within the safe corridors staff circulates through the school community within a four by four block radius ensuring the safety of the entire school community. • Major culture and climate improvements. Key Characteristics: The following components differentiate MSA from similar middle schools: • Holistic Model: Rather than adopt a specific model or a theme, MSA serves and honors its diverse student body through a holistic approach. We look at each scholar as a “whole child” whose needs are more than just academic. • High Teacher Retention: 80 percent of MSA’s faculty has remained with the school since the turnaround initiated. This accolade occurred during a time of regional teacher shortages. MSA’s staff is clearly dedicated to our scholars. • Small Learning Environment: MSA’s small campus atmosphere allows for more effective concentration and learning, enabling new struggling students to more quickly get up to grade level. • Better Individualized Student Attention: Because of our smaller class sizes, extended school day and summer programming, MSA provides a greater teacher to student ratio allowing for more individualized student attention. • Parental Participation Opportunities: A monthly parent night is scheduled each month simultaneously with an event hosted by a specific content area. For example, during Multicultural Month, parents are able to enjoy foods around the world as the History Department hosts an international food event.

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Accreditations & Honors

2013 promising Practices in Charter Education Award

2013 promising Practices in Charter Education Award

School Details & Data

Demographics

Black 31.3%
White 4.8%
Hispanic 55.4%
Asian 1.8%
Other 6.8%

Female & Male Students

Female Students 44.4%
Male Students 55.6%

Special Education

Special Ed 25.6%

Economically Disadvantaged

Students who are economically disadvantaged 71%

English Language Learners

English Language Learner 16.1%

Students Per Grade

5th Grade Students
148
6th Grade Students
240
7th Grade Students
233
8th Grade Students
230
Total Students
851

School Incidents

Incidents Per 100 Students
27.3

Activities & Programs

Arts Programs

  • Instrumental,
  • Theater,
  • Dance Instr,
  • Choir,
  • Drum Line,
  • Ceramics,
  • School Plays,
  • School Musicals,
  • Poetry,
  • Literature,
  • Other

Sports Programs

  • Football,
  • Basketball,
  • Soccer,
  • Baseball,
  • Softball,
  • Track and Field,
  • Dance,
  • Sports Other

Other Sports

Flag football, choir, girl and boy scouts, double dutch, drama, poetry, dance, chess, bucket band, baking, drama, art, and many more

Flag football, choir, girl and boy scouts, double dutch, drama, poetry, dance, chess, bucket band, baking, drama, art, and many more

Language Programs

  • Other,
  • Additional Languages

Parent Programs

  • Parents School Advisory

Parent Involvement

Home-side Activities, Bring Someone You Love Dance, and many more

Home-side Activities, Bring Someone You Love Dance, and many more

Before and After Care

  • Extended Day,
  • Extended Programming

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